|Miscellaneous : contacts and addresses|
|SPHERE - your addresses please||Lola Gostelow||01.04.98|
|WABA (World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action)'s web site||Ted Greiner||02.04.98|
|ICCIDD homepage||John T. Dunn||13.04.98|
|infections - Email-list for early warning||Jack Woodall||09.07.98|
|Alertnet - wrong address given||Cassie Knight||21.08.98|
|field exchange||Michael Golden||05.09.98|
|index of mail||Douglas Taren||01.10.98|
|BMI for height standards in adolescents||steve collins||10.10.98|
|email-based Clinical Nutrition Update Service||Tony Helman||27.11.98|
From: Lola Gostelow and Anna Taylor, l.gostelowatscfuk.org.uk
Date: Wed, 1 Apr 1998 17:27:52 +0000
Subject: SPHERE - your addresses please
This note is addressed to all the people with whom we've had contact
during the course of developing the minimum nutrition standards for
humanitarian response - some 150 individuals in all!
Our thanks go to all of you for your various contributions over the
last few months. Even if you didn't feed back to us on the two drafts
we sent out (in December and March), it was still useful to know that
you had seen our work and were aware of the efforts of the Sphere
We have now finalised the draft of the nutrition chapter (a
time-limited endeavour!) and submitted it to the project manager based
in Geneva. It, along with all the other chapters, will now be edited.
There will then follow a 3 month period of agency approval and
endorsement. We are aiming to have the final Sphere document published
by September 1998.
We're writing now to:
1. Say a big thank you for the time and energy you have given us in
helping improve the minimum standards in the nutrition sector
2. Check your contact addresses. We would like to send copies of the
final report to all those on our contact list, but we need to confirm
postal addresses for all of you (bearing in mind that we have no
address at all for some). Please check the attached list and let us
know if there are any gaps or errors. Please get back to me by the END
In the mean time, Anna will be moving on to do some research work in
Uganda for 3 months (with SCF(UK)), and I will revert to my normal
role as Livelihoods (food and nutrition) Adviser within SCF's policy
unit in London.
Wishing you every success in your work and looking forward to further
contact with you in the future.
Lola Gostelow and Anna Taylor
From: Ted Greiner
Date: Thu, 2 Apr 1998 15:51:32 +0100 (BST)
WABA (World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action) announces the creation of a new webpage on the breastfeeding rights of working women, Sender: owner-ngonutatabdn.ac.uk
Did you know that right now your country is busy answering a questionnaire for the ILO that will set the international norms for so-called maternity protection for years to come? Most countries pattern their legislation on maternity benefits for working women after the ILO Conventions but ILO's suggested new convention includes very few improvements over the original convention of 1919!
We should influence this process! We can help create a new international norm to ensure that working women everywhere get the support they need, for example to exclusively breastfeed their babies for several months.
BUT we need to act fast. Countries have only until June 30, 1998 to repond to the ILO questionnaire. They now are expected to request input from key actors, but for ILO this means unions and employers' organizations, not Ministries of Health and certainly not groups interested in breastfeeding.
On its new website WABA provides you with the information you need to make a difference in your country. Please share this information with all you know who are concerned about breastfeeding. Think of people you know even in small countries--because every country's input counts!
The address of the new website is
Unit for International Child Health, Uppsala University, Entrance 11
751 85 Uppsala, Sweden
phone +46 18 511598, fax +46 18 508013, email Ted.Greineratich.uu.se
From: "John T. Dunn" <jtdatavery.med.virginia.edu>
Subject: Ngonut: ICCIDD homepage
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 1998 10:04:50 -0400 (EDT)
ICCIDD invites you to visit its newly organized homepage http://avery.med.virginia.edu/~jtd/iccidd or http://www.med.virginia.edu/~jtd/iccidd
It contains information about ICCIDD and IDD, including the CIDDS database with information on individual countries and IDDTECH, which has textfiles of the IDD Newsletter for the last six years. The ICCIDD Monthly Updates are also there, with recent news about ICCIDD and its activities. We also provide links to some other websites relevant to iodine deficiency.
Like all websites, it is constantly under construction. We are updating country profiles, adding to the technical database, and planning upgrades in presentation. We also offer a section for addressing specific queries. The databases were developed with aid from the IMPACT and OMNI programs of USAID, and are continuing in coordination with the Micronutrient Initiative.
We welcome comments and particularly new information on iodine deficiency and programs to eliminate it in individual countries. Please contact the undersigned for any further discussion.
John T. Dunn, Secretary,
ICCIDD, Box 511
Charlottesville, VA, 22908 USA (mailing address)
jtdatvirginia.edu, 1-804-924-5929 (telephone), 1-804-296-9275 (fax)
Date: Thu, 09 Jul 1998 18:44:45 +0100
From: Dr Jack Woodall
Subject: Ngonut: infections - Email-list for early warning
There is a list called ProMED-mail that reports on outbreaks of infectious
disease - many reports originate in the tropics. If anyone would like to
join this list details are below. They would particularly like those in
the developing world and from organizations dealing with infectious disease
to join. But beware - There is a great deal of traffic on the main list
and you may be swamped - it is much better to subscribe to the digest-lists
if you have limited EMail capacity - or to report your infectious outbreaks
directly to the moderator if you have difficulty with moderate volumes of
Unfortunately there are no geographically specific digests yet.
ProMED-mail is a free, moderated e-mail list which reports and
discusses outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases of humans,
animals and plants worldwide.
The ProMED-mail Electronic Network was inaugurated on the Internet
in August 1994 by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS).
FAS invites and welcomes the participation of all interested
ProMED-mail is managed by HealthNet/SatelLife, a
non-profit organisation based in the USA to serve medical
organisations in the Third World though communications.
We have over 15,000 subscribers in 150 countries, but are always
looking for more, especially in developing countries. Our website is:
You may subscribe to the ProMED-mail electronic conference (which is
moderated), either through the website or by sending e-mail to:
Leave the Subject line blank (or put anything you like there), and write:
You will then receive instructions on how to subscribe.
Dr Jack Woodall, Director, ProMED-mail
Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 08:38:19 +0100
From: Cassie Knight 01715427015 <cassie.knightatreuters.com>
Subject: Ngonut: Alertnet - wrong address given
Dear Florence and Michael,
Thank you for posting up the notice about AlertNet Jobs on the NGONUT - it is an ideal audience for us, and I hope that the jobs notice board of AlertNet will prove useful.
Unfortunately, I missed a crucial space in my previous message "send the text in to us atalertnetatrtrlondon.co.uk" - our email address is in fact: <alertnetatrtrlondon.co.uk>
and the incorrect version was sent out to all NGONut users. I am terribly sorry.
Below is a description of AlertNet
AlertNet is an online service of news and communications for the international disaster relief community, delivered via the Internet at site address <www.alertnet.org>.
The public pages, accessible by any Internet user, feature rolling news from Reuters, press releases from relief organisations and emergency information for disaster victims and their families.
The private area, the password-protected core of the service, is open only to members who must be voluntary, non-governmental organisations (NGO's) actively engaged in international relief work. It contains specialist news, relevant reference material and an area for members to exchange views and share information.
Launched in September 1997, membership of AlertNet has already passed 50, with the Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) among the latest signings. Other members include Oxfam, Save the Children Fund (UK and USA), Action Against Hunger, Care and Merlin. A full list is available in the public pages of the site.
The service is run by a specialist news desk at Reuters editorial headquarters in London. The editor is John Owen-Davies, a long-time Reuters foreign correspondent with wide experience in Africa and Asia, and his deputy is Paul Mylrea, a former bureau chief for Reuters in Latin America.
The site puts the reporting of Reuters unrivalled global network -- 174 bureaux in 99 countries -- at the service of the relief community.
Crucially, there is no attempt to recoup this on the part of Reuters. The service is a purely humanitarian project. Information in the private part of the site cannot be passed on to Reuters unless the members ask for it to be passed on. This principle is protected by contractual, technical and organisational barriers.
The reason for this is a shared concern with security. Reuters correspondents in the field share much in terms of experience and exposure to relief professionals. They are exposed and vulnerable while going about their business. The service is therefore designed to avoid anything which could increase the risks posed by relief work. When in the private site, members can be secure in the knowledge that the only people seeing the information are other relief professionals and the AlertNet team.
There is no charge for the service but we do not encourage people to see it as "free". Our aim in opening up Reuters reporting network to the relief community is the hope that by sharing information we may help to save lives and allow agencies to plan operations better. By boosting cooperation in a time of "donor fatigue", we hope to help agencies make their hard earned funds last longer.
AlertNet therefore expects members to share information with other members.
Contact names, information on relief projects, warnings, offers of help and requests for information are all the kind of things the service is designed to include.
The response has so far been very positive. "AlertNet gives up to date information on the most important humanitarian crises that are going on in the world," a Belgian Red Cross spokesman told AlertNet. Ireland-based Concern Worldwide said: "We use AlertNet for red hot information as it is unfolding."
The government has also recognised the service, selecting it as one of the 200 official "Millennium Products". The "Millennium Products scheme, launched by the Design Council, was launched by Prime Minister Tony Blair last year.
Development plans for the service include enhanced news delivery, a new design and better navigation. Check out the site at www.alertnet.org
Date: Sat, 05 Sep 1998 17:27:25 +0100
From: Michael Golden <refugeesatabdn.ac.uk>
Subject: Ngonut: field exchange
The Emergency Nutrition Network has a publication "Field Exchange" which is designed for field workers in nutrition - it is free of charge to all those in emergency nutrition. The feed-back that I have had from the readers in the NGOs that I deal with has been entirely positive - each issue is studied and re-studied and read by many people.
For those with direct access to the Internet it is now available on the web at http://www.tcd.ie/ENN.
Prof. Michael H.N.Golden
Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 22:36:20 -0700
From: "Dr. Douglas Taren" <tarenatU.Arizona.EDU>
Subject: Ngonut: index of mail
Dear Fellow listserve members,
I just would like to write that I have started to index the messages that come across the listserve for the international nutrition class (graduate level) that I teach in January each year. It is really more a table of contents with topics such as iron, corn-soy mix, philosophy (FFT), vitamin A, etc. If anyone has been keeping track of all the mail longer than me, I would appreciate getting topics and some of the mail that started before 1998. I believe that having students read what people are asking questions about and what are the answers will be a great way to have them start discussing issues themselves. So thanks for all the course materials.
Douglas Taren, PhD, Associate Professor and Director
Nutrition and Physical Activity Unit, University of Arizona Prevention Center 2231 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, Arizona 85718
Phone: (520) 626-4609, Fax: (520) 626-7906
From: "steve collins" <steveatconcern1.demon.co.uk>
Subject: Ngonut: BMI for height standards in adolescents
Date: Sat, 10 Oct 1998 09:44:40 +0100
Dear Dr Brewster,
I have just returned from S Sudan where there is a large adolescent problem and no efficient admission criteria. Some time ago you sent the sphere working group tables for adolescent BMI for height. In S Sudan Concern intend to try to formulate MUAC for age or for height criteria, if at all possible, however we haven't got any BMI for Ht criteria as an initial starting point. I'm afraid I managed to mess up the tables you sent sphere whilst copying them to a data base (what a ninkonpoop !) . If you could possibly e-mail CONCERN in South Sudan with some more tables I'd be very grateful. The e-mail address is:
From: Tony Helman
Date: Fri, 27 Nov 1998 12:04:09 GMT
I am writing to extend you a personal invitation to receive an email-based Clinical Nutrition Update Service of which I am the editor, and which is available free to nutritionists, physicians and other health professionals.
The Arbor Clinical Nutrition Updates are currently received on a weekly basis by some 7,000 nutrition and health professionals in more than 100 countries worldwide. They contain abstracts of current clinical nutrition research, together with information on the best nutrition resources available on the Internet.
I hope you will not mind me sending you a sample copy (by separate email).
If you would like to continue to receive the Clinical Nutrition Updates on a regular basis, just complete the information below and return it either to me personally or to the Update's email address shown with the form.
As I mentioned earlier, the Updates (and the Arbor Nutrition Guide) are an entirely FREE service to nutritionists, physicians and other health professionals.
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